Diversion Books is a premier eBook publishing company headquartered in New York City marketing original and backlist works from quality authors. Diversion has a full-service approach to production, marketing, and publicity, and engages the latest tools and technologies in order to produce and promote its titles in the best way possible. Founded by book lovers from the world of traditional publishing, Diversion is building the next generation publishing company, one great book at a time.
Scott Waxman, CEO
Scott Waxman has spent his entire career in book publishing. Before moving to the agenting side, he worked as an editor at HarperCollins Publishers. In 1997, he founded the Waxman Literary Agency, a mid-size agency known for its hands-on approach to book development and its passion for great storytelling. The Waxman Agency has represented dozens of New York Times bestselling books and other national bestsellers from novelists, journalists, historians, and experts in their fields. In 2012, he partnered with Byrd Leavell to form the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. Scott’s experience in electronic publishing dates back to 1999, when he founded LiveREADS, which produced enhanced eBooks. He brings a total of more than 25 years of literary experience to Diversion Books.
Mary Cummings, Editorial Director
With background in editorial, marketing and project management capacities, Mary Cummings handles acquisitions for Diversion and assists in business development and strategy. Mary has worked with over 100 authors and their agents throughout the life cycle of their projects to maximize the sales potential and marketability of their works, including S.E. Hinton, Roger Kahn, Mark Cuban, and The Washington Post.
Angela Craft, Marketing & Publicity Manager
Angela Craft first started working with books while still in high school, initiating an internship program with the middle school library. Since then, she has built a career based on her love of books, first as an independent book review blogger at Bookish Blather, and following that as a sales representative at American Book Company. As an active blogger and social media user, Angela is fully immersed in internet culture, especially as it relates to book lovers and the larger publishing industry, and she is excited to use her expertise in the medium to build awareness for Diversion Books and its authors.
Sarah Masterson Hally, Production Manager
With extensive experience in both eBook and print formatting and design, Sarah Masterson Hally handles all things production for Diversion. Previously at HarperCollins Publishers, both in the UK and US, Sarah focused on print-on-demand and eBook production of backlist titles, quality assurance, digital asset management, and eBook rights.
Strategic Advisor and Co-Founder
Charles Stuart Platkin, Ph.D., J.D.
Charles Platkin is a life-long entrepreneur and emerging company incubator who has helped launch multiple startups in the media and health industries. He was the president, founder and creative force behind Marinex Multimedia, a forerunner in multimedia development that excelled in the creation of online entertainment and original editorial programming. Prior to founding Marinex Multimedia, Platkin was General Counsel and Vice-President of News Communications, Inc., a publicly-traded newspaper and magazine company based in Manhattan that published The Hill in Washington, and Dan's Papers in the Hamptons. He is the author of five books on health, including Breaking the Pattern (Penguin).